Legal Briefs

Gluzman v. United States

By Tim Lynch and Jarett B. Decker
March 1, 1999
This brief cites Lopez v. United States to argue that only commercial activities are subject to federal authority under the Commerce Clause, and thus federal laws dealing with domestic abuse violate the Constitution. Furthermore, the Domestic Violence Clause permit the federal government to address violence within a state only if the state has claimed it is endangered and has been petitioned for federal assistance. Thus, what we consider today to be “domestic violence,” a wholly non-commercial activity, should be addressed at the state level.

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